Belen Things to Do
Belen is a town of almost 7300 (up 5% since 2000) located along Interstate 25 (exit 190) in Valencia County in Central New Mexico south of Albuquerque. Belen was established in 1741 as Nuestra Signora de Belen (Belen is the Spanish version of Bethlehem). Belen is near the center of New Mexico and has long been a transportation center for the railroad, highway and air travel. The county seat of Valencia County has changed hands many times begining with Valencia, then Peralta, then Tome, then. . .and it moved numerous times until 1875 when Los Lunas became the county seat. Los Lunas is still the county seat. The actual town of Belen began in 1884. I liked Belen.Related to:
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New Mexico RailRunner now goes to Belen!
I needed to get from the North of Albuquerque to Belen to visit a friend for the day so I had the perfect excuse to try out Albquerque's "Rail Runner" which is a rail link from Sandoval County serving Rio Rancho Communities in the North through Downtown Albuquerque and South to Los Lunas and Belen.
I have to say the ride was pleasant, trains were on time, very clean, the staff were nice and thanked us for riding the rail runner. The train is about 1-2years old and it's taking some getting used to for the locals who normally get around by car.
I bought a day pass for $3 which is good for unlimited rides for the day;suchadeal! The station in Belen is near the old Santa Fe Railroad station, just a walk across the overpass and you are in downtown Belen, only a 15minute walk.
If you are flying into Albuquerque (ABQ) there is a bus that will take you to the train station (Bernalillo county/Int'l Sunport) form here you can go North or South.Related to:
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